The bench issued the order after going through the report submitted by an expert committee of the CWC, which said that only 10% of the cultivated land in Tamil Nadu needs water.
But it did not agree to Tamil Nadu’s demand for 12 tmc feet of water.
The CWC said 50% of the arable land has already been cultivated, and 40% is on the verge of being cultivated. Only the remaining 10% requires water.
“The interest of justice would be met if Karnataka is directed to release 2.44 tmc feet of water,” it said.